NTSB Identification: CHI91LA056.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 43383.
Accident occurred Wednesday, January 02, 1991 in CHESTERFIELD, MO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/25/1993
Aircraft: CESSNA 340, registration: N14DB
Injuries: 5 Uninjured.
NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
ON FINAL APPROACH FOR LANDING, THE AIRCRAFT WINDSHIELD FOGGED UP. THE PILOT STATED THAT HE THOUGHT HE WAS LOW CROSSING THE RUNWAY THRESHOLD SO HE PULLED THE AIRCRAFT UP. WHEN HE FLARED FOR LANDING, THE AIRCRAFT WAS HIGH AND MADE A HARD LANDING. THE AIRCRAFT BOUNCED ONCE AND SLID OFF THE LEFT SIDE OF THE RUNWAY AFTER THE SECOND TOUCHDOWN. THE LEFT MAIN LANDING GEAR COLLAPSED WHEN THE AIRCRAFT DEPARTED THE RUNWAY. THERE WAS SLUSH ON THE RUNWAY.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: FAILURE OF THE PILOT TO MAINTAIN DIRECTIONAL CONTROL DURING THE LANDING ROLL. FACTORS RELATED TO THE ACCIDENT ARE A FOGGY WINDSHIELD, MISJUDGEMENT OF ALTITUDE, PREMATURE LANDING FLARE, AND SLUSH ON THE RUNWAY.
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